Enrichment Classes For Early Learners
The Friends Learning Center program is designed to foster confidence by preparing your child with a strong foundation for their early childhood academic years. All classes are taught by an experienced professional with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. We offer enrichment classes, with a limit of four students per class, allowing personalized instruction for each participant. Our classes all combine creativity with instructional, interactive, hands-on learning. Best part is our classes are FUN!
To schedule your complimentary first class and learn more about our enrichment center.
Immersively Engaging Learning
Our enrichment classes are designed to enhance your child’s current homeschooling program by solidifying the skills they are learning at
home in our small group format. Classes are limited to four students to
allow for maximum individualization of skill and material. These hands
on classes utilize a “learn by doing” approach, meaning your child will
gain new skills by immersively engaging with the targeted subject. Your homeschooler will also be exposed to navigating simple routines and expectations, social skills and so much more! Our unique approach
provides families of the Farmington Valley the opportunity to give their homeschooler a more targeted academic program as part of their
child's homeschool program.
Preschool & Kindergarten
Enrichment: Transitional Skills To Kindergarten
Our program fosters the transitional skills that are necessary for your preschooler to not only meet, but exceed the expectations of a typical kindergarten class. We offer students a lens into a typical kindergarten classroom.by facilitating intriguing but challenging hands-on educational activities and encouraging focus through our “learn by doing” approach, Our enrichment classes fosters early literacy, math, attending skills, self regulation, problem solving, and basic classroom routines and expectations. Our unique approach provides families of the Farmington Valley the opportunity to give their preschooler a more targeted educational program as they transition from their preschool program to kindergarten.
Our Enrichment Classes
Preschool enrichment classes are for 3 & 4 year old's and are a great beginning to our kindergarten readiness program. This 2-hour class focuses on foundation skills such as colors, shapes, patterns, identifying numbers and letters, and simple classroom expectations. All students must be potty trained.
Pre-Kindergarten enrichment classes are for 4 & 5 year old's who will be entering kindergarten the following school year. This 2.5-hour class focuses on kindergarten readiness skills such as identifying letters and sounds, letter formation introduction, counting and identifying numbers, and following classroom routines and expectations that will prepare students for a typical kindergarten class.
Kindergarten enrichment classes are for 5 and 6-year-olds and are great for transitional kindergarteners
who are taking an extra year of preschool as well as for older homeschoolers looking to enrich their home program. This 2.5-hour class also focuses on letters and sounds, numbers and counting, but delves deeper
into kindergarten content such as writing, rhyming, and phoneme isolation, cvc and high-frequency words, basic addition, and subtraction skills as well as classroom routines and expectations.
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2023-2024 Class Registration
The Friends Learning Center offers yearly based enrichment classes. There are many benefits to yearly based instruction. It allows for the individualization of instruction for each student and their academic needs. Enrichment classes utilize a hierarchy approach fostering the retention of skills and mastery of the targeted information. We feel that drop-in classes do not provide the individualization and mastery of skills that our classes do, which will better prepare our students for kindergarten and homeschooling programs.
Meet Our Founder & Director
I am so excited to introduce you to The Friends Learning Center. Before sharing with you all that the center has to offer, I want to tell you a little bit about myself. After receiving my master’s degree in special education from CW Post University on Long Island over 20 years ago, I spent many years teaching in the early childhood field. I have worked in various preschools in New York and Connecticut with students aged 2-7 years old. But my favorite age group to teach has always been pre-k students. In the early years of my career, I taught an inclusion preschool class as well as provided Birth To Three services to many children in the New York area. I then went on to teach “year of extra time” classes for preschoolers preparing to enter kindergarten at a local preschool in the Farmington Valley. It was here that I found my true passion and where I knew I am meant to be teaching. I love working with and supporting preschoolers as they begin their journey to kindergarten. It is the reason I wanted to open The Friends Learning Center in Avon.
Nowadays, I am a mom to two teenage girls who inspire me every day. In fact, my experiences as a mom played a part in my decision to open The Friends Learning Center. I have been exactly where you are today - my girls were once just like your little ones. I know the challenges and struggles of wanting your child to be prepared for kindergarten socially, emotionally, and academically. And for all these reasons, both as a mom and an early childhood educator, I am so excited to help meet the needs of preschoolers and their families in the Farmington Valley.
My vision for The Friends Learning Center is to provide a nurturing environment in which my students are learning and engaging but also having FUN. I want my students to LOVE coming to our learning center just as much as I LOVE seeing them come into my classroom. I would love to give you a tour of our center to show you our classroom, learn about our classes, and to meet you!
Hope to see you soon.
The Friends Learning Center understands that choosing programs and activities for your preschooler is often a big decision. We are confident that our classes will be a great fit for your child’s preschool years. Therefore, we want to answer any questions that you may have about The Friends Learning Center. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from parents. Please reach out to us with any additional questions you may have about our program. The Friends Learning Center is here to support you in choosing the best program for your preschooler.